ASTORIA - For each of the last 20 years, the Daily Astorian Invitational track meet has attracted hundreds of track and field athletes from schools of all sizes in the Lower Columbia region. This year was no exception with approximately 350 athletes taking part in the meet held on the Astoria High School track Monday, April 7.

The athletes compete in the same events despite the size of their school. Since no team scores are kept, the performance of individuals and relay teams is the gold standard. Larger schools represented included Astoria and Seaside, the middle-sized schools included Ilwaco and Warrenton, and smaller schools in attendance were South Bend and Naselle.

The Naselle Comets did well in this meet, winning two meet titles, one each in the girls and boys meet while five Naselle girls finished among the top four places in the girls meet events and five Naselle boys finished among the top three places in the boys meet events. In addition, five Comets girls finished among the sixth to eighth places in the girls meet and four Comets boys finished among the fifth to seventh places in the boys meet.

The Naselle first place winners included Nicole Laney, who won the girls pole vault at 7-feet-9 and Kyle Burkhalter with a first in the boys 400 in a time of 54.47.

Laney also finished second in the 400 in a time of 1:05.59, sixth in the triple jump at 29-feet-4, and was a member of the eighth place 4x100 relay team along with Jerrica Juarez, Jodi Christie, and Nicole Tarabochia which ran a 59.88. Burkhalter finished third in the triple jump at 38-9, was sixth in the high jump at 5-feet-8 and was a member of the second place 4x400 relay team along with Conor Smith, Nathan Reitz, and Kevin Shei.

The Naselle girls swept the first three places in the pole vault with Christie finishing second at 6-feet-6 and Haleigh See third at 6-feet. The girls 4x400 relay team of Samantha Bauer, Christie, Haleigh See and Tarabochia finished fourth. Top Naselle boys finishers included Gabe See with a second place pole vault of 10-feet and Conor Smith in second place in the 800 in 2:10.88.

Sixth to eighth place Naselle girls finishers included: Sixth: 200 - Bauer, 30.87; Seventh: 1500 - Juarez, 5:59.59; 200 - Tarabochia, 31.00; Eighth: 4x100 - (Bauer, Christie, H. See, Tarabochia). 59.88.

Fifth to eighth place Naselle boys finishers included: Pole vault - Kyle Mullins, 9-feet-6; 4x100 - (Ollie Baker, Reitz, Smith, G, See), 50.37; Seventh: Shot put - Mike Shirley, 37-feet-7.25.

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